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O’Reilly: Media Is ‘Hyping’ Japan Nuke Crisis

By Hiram Reisner   |   Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 10:37 AM

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, while conceding that “some radiation” has leaked into the air from four nuclear reactors and people have been treated for exposure, says he believes the worldwide media is “hyping the nuke situation in Japan a bit too much.” During the Talking Points segment of “The O’Reilly Factor” on Wednesday, he said the uncertainty about the Japanese situation has not stopped the “bloviating.”

“Japanese authorities continue to test the air and the folks for radiation contamination. But forget — forget about getting a clear picture as to that danger,” O’Reilly said. “We do know some radiation has leaked into the atmosphere. But officials are playing down the danger — even as they tell people living near the damaged nuclear reactors to stay inside.

“But, again, there is no certainty here,” O’Reilly said. “However, that has not stopped the bloviating.”

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O’Reilly said he believes Japanese authorities “should plan, plan for the worst, and pray it doesn’t happen.”

“Right now workers are frantically trying to cool down the damaged reactors and they may succeed in doing that,” he said. “If they don’t, the world is going to know. In the meantime, let’s report the story methodically.”

In an accompanying piece written for Fox News’ website, O’Reilly elaborated: “About 70,000 people have been evacuated from the power plant areas, including our corps [Fox News Channel] correspondents. 140,000 other folks are under orders to stay inside, and seal their windows and doors,” he wrote. “The truth is no one knows how bad this is, but that doesn't stop the hype.

“All the uncertainty is leading to semi-chaos in the stock markets and high apprehension among the Japanese people. But we have seen no looting, little craziness, and no panic.”

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